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October 25, 2019
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


To create a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation


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Community Education for Sustainable Living
Simply Living Sustainable U classes & workshops, Earth Institute courses on environmental topics, monthly documentary films, meetups held at local businesses and organizations - join us to socialize, learn, build community and co-create a joyful, compassionate, and sustainable future!
Who are we, really?  How did life on earth evolve and create us? What does it mean to be multicellular animals? Is the earth itself a living, self-regulating system - as the Gaia hypothesis suggests?  Come to our film this Sunday at the Grandview Theater and discover some new answers that may just help our species survive. See below...
Body concentrates order. It continuously self-repairs. Every five days you get a new stomach lining. You get a new liver every two months. Your skin replaces itself every six weeks. Every year, 98 percent of the atoms of your body are replaced. This non-stop chemical replacement, metabolism, is a sure sign of life. ~ Lynn Margulis
Sunday, October 27
2 - 4 PM

Documentary Films and Local Solutions
How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat
and Started a Scientific Revolution

Grandview Theater
1247 Grandview Ave Cols 43212
RSVP on Eventbrite

"An amazing film...I was on the edge of my seat the entire film, completely engrossed in the story
and the journey of Lynn and her contributions to science and our understanding of life on
Planet Earth...It really activated me." 
~ Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers
SYMBIOTIC EARTH explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration. The film examines the worldview that has led to climate change and extreme capitalism and offers a new approach to understanding life that encourages a sustainable and symbiotic lifestyle.

Q&A with Panel UPDATE: Rachelle Adams from the OSU Dept of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology joins Joseph Campbell, the Director of the Environmental Professionals Network at the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources will join us for discussion after the film. Suggested Donation: $7 or $5 SL members.

Preview HERE.  RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook or Meetup.
Those of us who consider ourselves to be somehow involved in the birthing of a new age,
should discover Gaia as well. The idea of Gaia may facilitate the task of converting
destructive human activities to constructive and cooperative behavior.
It is an idea which deeply startles us, and in the process, may help us as a species
to make the necessary jump to planetary awareness.~ James Lovelock
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> Simply Living Book Club is reading The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (11/3) RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup. Yoga 
> Save the Date! The EPN Breakfast program on Tues Nov 19 is about the Future of Wildlife Conservation in Ohio. A workshop and luncheon are included.
4 More Workshops at Columbus Garden School are scheduled through October
> City Folks Farm Shop's Upcoming Events include a
Food Swap (11-3),  a Soapmaking workshop (11-3). + Free Kefir Demo is offered (11/10)

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
Get the NEW FALL EDITION of the Simply Living Newsletter! (upcoming film events, Meetups, Book Club, and more!
> TODAY @ 5 PM:  Carolyn Harding of Grassroot Ohio interviews
  Bob Eckhart about the Columbus Partnership. Details HERE
> Green Columbus TREE GIVEAWAY on Sat Nov 2.
> SHORT TAKES: 1) Employment for Seniors offers job opportunities: Home Helpers are recruiting. 2) We link the Columbus Community Bill of Rights and their short video on Safe Water: We're All Downstream 3) Blog by Judy Fasone about balancing activism and self care. 
 > Earth 911 - Sustainable Halloween items  - How to dispose of plastic bags, and how do Sanitary Landvills work?

Video of interactive interview of Bill McKibben on the 2020 election and lots more!
Read more in the News section

See the Community section ~  
> Free Press Awards event to honor Jaime Pardo - full schedule (Mon 11-4)
> Plug for our Community Radio stations!
> Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend links to events this weekend! 
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issue!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Shane Wilson plays great jazz with friends at Java Central Coffee House Saturday (10/19)
Square Dancing events updated!
Literary Events: Poetry Night with Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix (10/25) featured at Gramercy Books in Bexley 
> New Press Release about Parker MacDonell, the featured singer/songwriter at the Cbus Folk Music Society's event on Oct 26.
> CD Release Party and concert by Phil Hart and friends at Cbus Mennonite Church. (11-1)
> Bill Cohen's Spirit of the 60s Coffeehouse (11/8)
Contra/square dancing at Wild Goose, Big Scioty, First UU Church
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmer's Market features Pumpkin Party Sat Oct 26.  Come for Burn Bootcamp to stay fit.
> Jodi Kushin's Urban farming blog
is now being carried by Mother Earth News and reaches 1.5 million readers
> Clintonville Farmers Market features a Spooktacular costume parade.  Eric Ahteen performs!
The 41st OEFFA Conference announced.  Save the Feb 13-15 dates in Dayton.
Read more in the 
Local Foods section
All of us from fertile egg to embryo to corpse, are exactly that:
warm, wet, furry animals compelled by the sexuality of our
forefathers and foremothers to be, either directly or indirectly,
our own exciting and excitable, provocative and provocable selves.
~ Lynn Margulis


Simply Living Sustainable U organizes workshops/classes in Central Ohio that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Earth Mother, you who are called by a thousand names.
May all remember we are cells in your body and dance together.
~ Starhawk
Sunday, November 3
3:30 - 5 PM + Optional Vegan Buffet

Simply Living Book Club and Discussion 
The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk 
Portia's Cafe
4428 Indianola Ave, Cols 43214
California state senator Tom Hayden called it, “wisdom wrapped in drama,“ Published in 1993, set in 2048, Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing is both a thrilling cautionary tale and a stunning anthem to help us envision our sustainable societies of the future. Join us for the discussion.
Optional vegan buffet 5 - 6 pm. Contact: Elizabeth Petruziello, or 614) 353-9524  FREE. Donations to Portia encouraged if you stay for the buffet.  RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.
Another world is possible!' ... Another world is also necessary, for this one is unjust, unsustainable, and unsafe. It's up to us to envision, fight for, and create that world,
a world of freedom, real justice, balance, and shared abundance,
a world woven in a new design. ~ Starhawk
YES! for Teachers—And Students!
     For the first time ever, YES! is offering a free one-year digital subscription to college students. This will complement our free subscriptions for teachers, making it easy for college professors to assign articles and entire thematic issues as part of their coursework. Please help spread the word about these programs to college students and educators at the middle school through university levels. We can’t wait to share YES! with them.(Thanks to Sarah Straley for recommending this resource.)

7:30 - 9:30 AM + 10 AM - 1 PM

The Future of Wildlife Conservation:
Funding Strategies for the State of Ohio

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210
$22 (includes breakfast and lunch) College Students Free


Save the DATE! This program is offered in coordination with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW) and Ohio State’s Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory (TWEL).

Click here to view a video-based introduction to this program from our speakers and the EPN

This EPN Breakfast program (7:30-9:30 a.m.), featuring Kendra Wecker (chief, ODW) and Naomi Edelson (senior director, Wildlife Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation, and a national expert on state-based conservation funding strategies), will explore how wildlife conservation agencies, non-profits, and enthusiasts can build an effective and inclusive coalition to address future funding gaps, as well as increase the networks of outdoor recreational participants to highlight and successfully conserve our state’s wildlife.

Following the EPN Breakfast, we encourage you to participate in a facilitated workshop session (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) to engage Ohio residents, from all backgrounds, in discussing societal values in conservation, strategies to elevate the wildlife crisis, and to reduce barriers to participation and coalition building. This session will be designed to source ideas and goals to inform wildlife conservation for the state of Ohio. Attendees will walk away from this program with a deeper knowledge of the most critical strategies and challenges to conserve wildlife in Ohio. This workshop will be facilitated by staff from ODW, TWEL and the EPN.  

The workshop will be followed by a Wild Ohio Harvest cooking demonstration and discussion over a catered lunch, facilitated by ODW (12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)

The cost of the full program is $22 ($10 for breakfast only; $12 for lunch only), as always Ohio State and non-Ohio State student registration is FREE For additional details and registration, click here.

Columbus Garden School
October Classes
1350 E Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224

Contact: <>
Most CGS gardening classes are
eligible for Master Gardener CE credits

Click on the class titles listed below to go to the website listing and class signup. Most classes meet at the Columbus Garden School, 1350 E. Cooke Road, Columbus OH 43224. Please register ASAP - we limit class size to 12-15 attendees. Small classes mean more attention to your questions, and more fun and learning for everyone! And remember: free coffee, tea, and cookies at every class.
 DIY Industrial Pipe Lamp
Sat 1 PM · 31 guests
OCT26 Home Solar Systems - Facts vs. Fantasy
Sat 10 AM · 
Columbus Garden School
OCT27 DIY Build a Bat House
Sun 1 PM · 
Columbus Garden School
OCT29 Columbus Garden Book Club - Sept/Oct 2019
Tue 7 PM · 20 guests
Columbus Garden School
* For the latest updates on CGS classes, check our Events section on the CGS Facebook page. *

Blue Rock Station
40-acre Sustainability Center
Blue Rock Station, LLC
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH  43771
Phone 740-674-4300



Raising Goats as a Business…

The business of raising dairy livestock requires that the farmer be head of the herd. The herder must provide the animal with the tools they need to support their natural systems, making sure they receive the right kind and amount of food, vitamins, minerals – clean water – and a healthy environment.
Raising goats is not easy. They are intelligent, fussy, fragile, robust, and exasperating. They are fun, kind, gentle, abusive, loving and inquisitive. In short – goats are amazing creatures and the most widely kept domestic livestock animal in the world!  Despite this, traditional vets seem to know almost nothing about goats. Our farm service system in this country all but ignores their existence. So how can you get started in this growing and profitable business?  

You can follow our weekly online sustainability podcast - When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine  The latest is #047 on Factory Farms. 

Upcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE


Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Nov 03, 1:00 PM – 02:00 PM
The Monthly Food Swap is back! Bring in your handmade, home made, home grown food and edible items! Baked goods, herbs and veggies from the garden, and home preserved items are all welcome! Be ready to answer questions about your methods, practices and ingredients. Swapping starts at the big front table promptly at 1pm, so come ready! This is a great way to try new foods and meet new people!

Soapmaking Workshop
Nov 03, 4:30 PM – 06:30 PM

Join homestead hobbyist Elizabeth Jones of The Fresh Jam in crafting a simple and relaxing lavender castile soap using a variety of basic soapmaking techniques.  Students will participate in this hands-on kitchen experiment and take home a sample of the soap to see the results of their work.  Topics discussed during the session will include: kitchen chemistry, lab safety, equipment basics, calculating recipes, sourcing ingredients (oils/scents/herbs/exfoliants), soap on the cheap, benefits of handmade soap.

Free Milk Kefir Demo at City Folk’s
Nov 10, 3:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Nov 16, 1:00 PM – 02:00 PM

SEE All Classes and Events with full description and registration forms HERE

Soil is an almost magical substance, a living system that
transforms the materials it encounters. ~ George Monbiot
Bring your Loyalty Card to any Simply Living film, meetup, class, or event and get it punched. When all ten holes are punched you will receive a $50 credit toward any classes or workshops sponsored by Simply Living. Available to all Simply Living members.
Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners.
From the dance emerges the entity Gaia. ~ James Lovelock
Click for the FALL 2019 Issue of SIMPLY NEWS!

Thanks Cathy Cowan Becker for organizing the low carbon, live interactive interview with Bill McKibben last week. Check out the video with his take on the 2020 election and much more!  Cathy says you can skip the intros and start at 11-12 minutes HERE

Green Columbus Tree Giveaway
Interested in receiving a free tree to plant this fall?
Green Columbus is offering a free tree to individuals who live in Columbus!
Register to get your free tree
Pickup: Saturday, November 2 from 10 am - 12 Noon!
Where: 1142 E. 17th Ave, Columbus.

Employment For Seniors! 
We have another great hiring event scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th featuring the recruiting team from Home Helpers.   Mature Job Seekers do not have to be registered with EFS for this event or be over 50. The attached flyer provides details, location, and contact information, or call the EFS office at 614.863.1219.
We are also providing our Job Seekers workshops to support those in need of tips on successful job searching.  The workshops will be provided only two more times this fall. See the flyer HERE.

Keep up with the Columbus Community Bill of Rights...

Here is their website: 
Sign up for their newsletter online and learn about the progress of their PETITION drive for a ballot initiative to keep the oil and gas industry out of Columbus.
We're All Downstream... Please watch and share this very short video HERE

Simply Living member Judy Fasone writes a wonderful blog exploring the ways that "Self Care is Health Care."  Her latest is called Common Sense and starts out this way. 
"Despair about our environmental challenges is frequently heard when caring for my clients. Waking up to ourselves also means waking up to what is around us. How do I balance the injustices of our day? For those that are politically active, and taking a stand, I applaud you! For those that are in the throes of a healing crisis, focusing on yourself does contribute to solving the larger problems of our world. You cannot help anyone until you heal yourself. Finding that balance is a life long task."  
Read the full blog post HERE.
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise,
every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. ~ George Monbiot

Sustainable Halloween Podcast

A spooky Halloween doesn’t have to be a horror show for the planet. Join the Earth911 team as we talk through how to reduce the waste and garbage produced by the scariest holiday of the year.

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How to Responsibly Dispose of Plastic Bags

What is the best way to responsibly discard different kinds of disposable bags in an earth-friendly manner? We talked to some waste management professionals to get their perspectives.

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How Sanitary Landfills Work

Thinking about all that waste going to the dump can be depressing, but it’s is not quite the environmental nightmare many think. Here’s some background on the modern landfill and how it works.

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Sustainable Halloween Podcast

A spooky Halloween doesn’t have to be a horror show for the planet. Join the Earth911 team as we talk through how to reduce the waste and garbage produced by the scariest holiday of the year.

Read More
Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work
that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing.
A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
~ Starhawk

Take me to the listing of weekly and monthly events!

2019 Free Press Awards Event
at Ace of Cups

2619 N. High Street, Columbus
Parking in side parking lot or street

5:30pm - Doors open
Refreshments, music and speakers
DJ laChewla
Brian Clash Griffin

7pm - Awards ceremony
8pm - Music
Headline act - Donna Mogavero
Dan Dougan and the Little Bothers

2019 Free Press "Libby" Award for
Community Activism -

Mary Jane Borden
2019 Free Press Award for
Outstanding Community Organization -

Black, Queer Intersectional Columbus (BQIC)
2019 Free Press Volunteer
Jaime Pardo
2019 Bill Moss Award for
Outstanding African-American Activists

Tony and Aziza West
$10 suggested donation / sliding scale low income
Tune into our fabulous, diverse, local community radio stations!
      The Green Renaissance Network 94.1

WGRN FM 94.1  Listen Live on your radio or listen online. Download podcasts! Scroll down the home page and check out their awesome SCHEDULE! 92.7 or 98.3 on your radio dial or listen online. Check out the SCHEDULE!  

Get them PRE-SET in your vehicle. WCRS features News in the morning and WGRN offers News in the afternoon. Diverse Music and Voices you won't hear anywhere else in Cbus!

To support the Free Press Network --

the Free Press newspaper, websites, WGRN and WCRS community radio and other media ventures -- with a monthly donation!
Become a patron on Patreon!

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Wizards, 98°, be MOVED, Pumpkin Pedaler, and More

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Cheers to the weekend!

Mega Weekend has a great list of fun things to do in Columbus. Have you been to Scene75 yet? It’s the final weekend for Harvey & Ed’s. Tickets are available for a Beer & Pretzels Pairing Party! Check out our contest page to win concert tickets. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists.


-Thursday take kids to a Costume & Candy Crawl
-Head to Dublin for Boo & Brew at Bridge Park!
The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow gets started
-Watch The Witches of Eastwick
-Legoland has Brick or Treat
-Go to Boo at the Zoo
-The Wizards & Wands Festival brings magic to Westerville
-Can you Walk With the Dead?
-Do the Great Pumpkin Run
-Enjoy North Market’s Halloween Family Fun Day


-On Broadway: Mean Girls
-Lindsay Gallery hosts new work by Joey Monsoon
-BalletMet presents be MOVED
-Available Light presents Tiny Beautiful Things
-See Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors!
-Meet talented knitting pattern designer Emily Franck
-Watch this week’s Hitchcocktober features
-GFC also has Nightmares Film Festival


-Head to Park Street Cantina for Dieselboy & DJ Icey
-Craft and Vinyl hosts a Halloween Brew Bash 
-Go to Noctoberfest
-Are you going to An Evening With 98°?
-The Olde Oak is hosting Fright Night


-Enjoy breakfast for dinner at PJs & Eggs
The Smithery celebrates Five Years!
-Watch Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes
-Go to the TailGateway at the Gateway
-The Gateway Film Center invites you to HOOT
-Watch OSU vs. Wisconsin
-Do a Plant Swap
-Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Rev. Dr. James Preston Poindexter
-Try some new cocktails
-Enjoy an afternoon of improv at Sketchprovaganza!
-Ride a bike on the Pumpkin Pedaler
-Try The Old Spot

Mega Weekend gives you a great list of events this weekend in Columbus, so you can be in the know!
Looking for more things to do? Here’s a list of events for Thursday, for Friday, for Saturday, and Sunday.


There’s always more in the Events Calendar

Connie HammondGET ACTIVE!  Items below are from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Columbus DSA Labor Working Group Meeting.  Join us for our next Labor Working Group meeting. We'll debrief our Labor 101 event, plan the Labor discussion group, and talk about any other upcoming opportunities for DSA-Labor solidarity.  Location:  Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, in Panera's Community Room.  Facebook.

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 4:00 PM.  Voices of Life & Hope in Song, Peace & Friendship. A community concert one year after the attack at Tree of Life Synagogue.  Jewish Communal Choir First Congregational Church Metropolitan Singers, Ft. Hayes New Faith Baptist Church of Christ Adhaan and greetings from Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center Open to the community.  RSVP appreciated and more information here.  Location:  Congregation Tifereth Israel 1354 E. Broad Street. 

Monday, October 28, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Screening of the film The River and the Wall (2019, 97 minutes).  The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters. Central Ohioans for Peace meets at 7 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at

Monday, October 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Food Policy Council Workshop, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit.  The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop — “Redesigning the table: using equity and systems for collective action” — led by Johns Hopkins University’s Food Policy Network that is intended to strengthen and equip Ohio’s local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone interested is welcome to register and attend. The main public event in the afternoon focuses on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels: including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity and food system financing. During the keynote, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss policy initiatives around children, food, agriculture, and health in the state of Ohio.  The main event is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio. Please share this event widely within your networks.  Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Click here to view the summit agenda.  Cost:  $20.00.  Click here to register.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 8:00 PM.  National Webinar: Fighting for Racial Justice in the Electoral Arena.  Join SURJ National as they unveil their plan to expand their electoral work in majority-white communities! The evening will be a discussion between SURJ director Erin Heaney and Maurice Mitchell, the national director at the Working Families Party and a leader with the Movement for Black Lives. They will discuss the important of organizing poor and working class white folks, the strategic electoral interventions needed in this political moment and how folks can join SURJ and WFP's joint work to defeat Trump and win racial justice victories at the local level. Register here

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Webinar: How to Speak with Our State Legislators - and Be Heard.  The Ohio Resistance Guide, Chapter 2 notes:  "An in-person meeting is the most effective way to get a lawmaker interested in your issue, particularly if it’s not getting any attention at the moment....Short of meeting with each committee member individually, testifying on a bill is the most effective way to influence the people who will be deciding whether to advance a piece of legislation."  Testifying and speaking directly with legislators are the most effective actions we can take.  But offering testimony or sitting down to meet with a legislator can be a confusing process and even a scary event for more introverted folk.  How do I get permission to testify?  How do I know when hearings are held? How long do I speak? Can I bring people with me? How do I set up an appointment to meet with a legislator? Should I meet them in in their home office or at the Statehouse? What do I say? This Webinar will outline the process for testifying at the Ohio Statehouse as well as setting up meetings with legislators.  There will be tips and real-life examples that will make speaking with legislators easier and a whole lot less scary. Presenters are Teresa Mills, Buckeye Environmental Exchange; Larry Bresler, Organize Ohio!; and Rev Joan Van Becelaere, UU Justice Ohio.  The presenters have experience with dozens and dozens of hearings and legislative meetings and will share both process and stories from their experience.  The Webinar is free, but we ask you to register so we can send you reminders. Register HERE or at:  And you can join the Zoom Webinar at: Meeting ID: 390 983 1611. Phone:  Dial : +1 646 558 8656 US (New York). 

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Community Conversations:  Gentrification’s Challenge to History.  Join us for a FREE Community Conversation on the topic: Gentrification's Challenge to the King-Lincoln Cultural History.  Are online social networks and chat groups among recently arrived residents to the Near East Side a new form of “redlining?” Do they reflect an internet age tactic designed to exclude “the other?” Is it the civic responsibility of community residents, both longtime and new, to learn and preserve the history of the neighborhood they inhabit? To be blunt: Is gentrification the enemy of historic preservation, not only of edifices but also of culture? If these questions intrigue you or affront you, join us for a sure-to-be lively community conversation.  Panel Members: Ed Lentz, Director Emeritus – Columbus Landmarks Foundation; Scott Woods, Streetlight Guild Owner, Creative, Writer, Poet; Chelsea Barnett, Account Executive – Bartha, LTA Board Member, Community Advocate.  Moderators: Dr. Jack Marchbanks, WCBE Jazz Sunday, LTA founding Board Member; Suzan Bradford, Executive Director – Lincoln Theatre.  Learn more:  Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus.  Facebook

Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment
in better shape for their progeny to survive. ~ James Lovelock

Columbus Area Community Event Lists

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm posts online and in the monthly print edition.
Columbus Peace Network Calendar Editor Connie Hammond keeps up with political events, meetings
Columbus Underground Calendar Editor Anne Evans - we post much of her awesome Mega Weekend!
Simply Living Calendar of Weekly/Monthly Community Events Editor Chuck Lynd - text only listings.
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 
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For great as the powers of destruction may be,
greater still, are the powers of healing.
~ Starhawk

7 - 11 PM

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202

$10 suggested donation to support the musicians and pay for the space.

If you want to experience Appalachian old-time square dancing in Columbus, Ohio, Wild Goose Creative is the place to be every first Friday of the month. Doors open at 7:00 for a community potluck dinner and the dances begin at 8:00. Musicians and callers vary from month to month, but are always some of the best from our region and beyond. No experience necessary, all dances are taught!  BYOB and/or we'll have some light refreshments available.

Wait - there's more!
Big Scioty Dance Schedule

All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, October 19 – Big Scioty

The Big Four and Kathy Anderson

Saturday, November 30 – All Soles
Rocky Fork String Band and Kate Power

7 - 10 PM

Great Jazz - and More! 

P: (614) 839-0698
Energy moves in cycles, circles, spirals, vortexes, whirls, pulsations, waves,
and rhythms—rarely if ever in simple straight lines. ~ Starhawk

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


Poetry Night with Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix

October 25 @ 7:00 pm EDT

Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley , OH 43209

Join Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix for readings from their recent collections. Andrle’s new release is Rocking in the Cradle of the Moment, an assembly of small poems — groupings in haiku and senryu form, with variations. The collection is voiced with a gentle passion and rooted in the goodness life provides. Fix’s latest collection is Taking a Walk in My Animal Hat, a gentle and humorous volume where the author goes beyond her animal subjects as representative to each creature’s self and tells their inherent stories.

Fred Andrle is a poet, playwright, and journalist. His earlier poetry collection, What Counts, is also from XOXOX Press (2012). Andrle’s poetry was featured in the anthology Prayers to Protest: Poems that Center and Bless Us(Pudding House Press), and his poem “The Book,” was read on the public radio series “The Writer’s Almanac.” Andrle has received playwriting and poetry fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His one-act play, The Eternal Brunch, was staged by CATCO, the Contemporary American Theater Company. He is a member of the “House of Toast,” a Columbus poetry writing and performance group. Andrle is a radio legend in Central Ohio, having hosted a popular talk show on WOSU, a National Public Radio affiliate in Columbus, for twenty years. 

Charlene Fix is the author of fivepoetry collections, including Frankenstein’s Flowersand a critical study, Harpo Marx as Trickster. She has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and has published poems in Poetry, Literary Imagination, Hotel Amerika, The Manhattan Review and others. Fix has received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and Louis Hammer memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America.She is Emeritus Professor of Writing and Literature at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Here are links to more events in some of our local bookstores!

Gramercy Books in Bexley (2424 E Main St 43209) From author talks to a monthly book club to poetry readings, find it here.
The Book Loft in German Village (631 South Third Street 43206) We work with a wide variety of authors each year in our store and many off-site venues across the city. 
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus South Side (1124 Parsons Ave 43206) The family-run cafe and bookstore brought to you by local indie press Two Dollar Radio!
Kafe Kerouac in University District (2250 N High St 43201) Kafe Kerouac hosts a plethora of musical acts, poets, speakers, interest groups, and the like. 

We are all of us walking communities of bacteria.
The world shimmers, a pointillist landscape made of tiny living beings.
~ Lynn Margulis
Brilliant Singer-Songwriter Parker MacDonell to Perform
Parker MacDonell’s style has been compared to James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg.  He’s written songs for 4 decades.  At one point, he was the bass player for Chuck Berry.  And he’s opened for Air Supply, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, and other big-name musicians.

     Saturday October 26 at 8 pm, Parker’s immense talent, soothing voice, and fresh guitar playing will be in the spotlight at the latest monthly edition of the Americana/Folk Concert Series, sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue.
     Parker is one of the founders of Six String Concerts, which has brought concerts by up-and-coming singer-songwriters to Columbus since the 1980’s.
     While Parker will be the featured act at the October concert, fans of acoustic music are invited to come earlier for other activities: an informal folk music jam at 6 pm, 3 different acts on the open stage segment at 7 pm, and an audience sing-along of classic folk songs at 7:45 pm.
     Donations of $15 at the door are suggested, $10 for CFMS members.
     For more info, go to
Phil Hart CD release party and concert Fri Nov 1 at 7 pm

Phil will be playing his original tunes with Sour Cherry Pie buddies Steve Rolfe and Perry Leatherman on Friday, Nov. 1.  Pie potluck starts at 7 PM and music at 7:30 in the Columbus Mennonite Church fellowship hall. (35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214)  Contact Phil <>
7:30 PM


King Avenue Methodist Church
299 W King Ave @ Neil
Columbus OH 43201
$10 Donation at the Door
Civil rights sit-ins.  Bell-bottoms. Anti-war marches.  Student Power.  Afros.  Mini-skirts.  Hippies.  Riots.  Space flights.   The generation gap.
Those hallmarks of the turbulent 1960’s will be rekindled Friday November 8 at this year’s annual “Spirit of the ‘60’s Coffeehouse”:
Bill Cohen will lead a candlelit, musical, year-by-year journey through the era, with live and familiar 1960’s folksongs, “news reports” of sixties happenings, displays of anti-war buttons and posters, and far-out sixties fashions. Plus, Bill will also challenge the audience with sixties trivia questions.
     Proceeds from the suggested $10 donations (at the door)  will go to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.     Refreshments will be available at no extra charge.  Free parking is also available in the lots just South and West of the church.
     The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement, but get there early for a good seat.
     The program is suitable for ADULTS and MATURE TEENS.
     It’s the 34th year of sixties coffeehouses for Bill.  He’s performed the show more than a hundred times now at colleges, churches, synagogues, conferences, high schools, and middle schools across Ohio and beyond.     
     For more information, call Bill at (614) 263-3851 or e-mail 
Art Makes Columbus ColumbUS Makes ArtArt Makes Columbus ColumbUS Makes Art
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They showcase diverse perspectives and depth of talent in our Columbus arts community.

Calendar of Shadowbox Live events HERE. See CAPA events HERE.


8 AM - 12 PM

7227 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085

It's the last Saturday before Halloween and before our indoor market season begins, and we're celebrating with all things pumpkin! So, get those costumes and decorated jack-o-lanterns ready!

Decorated Pumpkin Contest. To enter, bring your decorated pumpkin to the Market Information booth (corner of E. New England Ave. and High Street) and we'll display it on the small wall fronting the Graeter's parking lot. Shoppers can vote on their favorite during the Market and the winner will receive a Halloween treat! All ages are welcome to enter a decorated pumpkin.
     You can find pumpkins at several of our farmers' booths.

     Market Fitness this week with Burn Bootcamp 8 - 9 am.  Boy Scout popcorn sale at #43
More info on the Website and Facebook. . The Market is a project of the 
Old Worthington Partnership

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.
~ Humbert Wolfe (from the CFM Blog)
A New Place to Find Ideas from Over the Fence
by overthefenceurbanfarm614

Congratulations to our local urban farmer, Jodi Kushins! Jodi is now blogging for Mother Earth News, which reaches 1.5 million subscribers. Read about it on her latest blog post!
9 AM - 12 PM

3519 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
CFM HERE on Facebook
Boo! Plan on joining us for a spirited market this Saturday, as there will be  some extra treats in store for shoppers. Kids (of all ages) are invited to come in costume and trick or treat at the market stands. Eric Ahlteen performs in the Donatos lot and Open Heart Puppets return to W Dunedin with their custom body puppets that promote play, raw emotion, curiosity and acceptance.
A spooktacular costume parade will step off at 11 am. Line up will begin in front of Wild Cat Gift & Party starting at 10:50. From there, we'll parade down High Street (on the sidewalk) to the market tent, where a cup of warm witches brew (apple cider) will be waiting!
    You can pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey at Pastured Providence and Bluebird Meadows!
Guide: 2019 Central Ohio Farmers Markets
Columbus Monthly's guide for making the most of the region’s abundance of produce and artisanal products. See full list here: 
A selected listing is included below for those still open at the end of the season.

The Clintonville and Worthington Farmers Markets are listed every week in our Local Foods Section. They ARE listed in the full list from Columbus Monthly HERE. The full list also includes many more farmers markets in the metro area.

North Market Farmers Market
Saturdays and Sundays
June 1 through Oct. 27
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays
North Market, 59 Spruce St.






Bexley Farmers Market


May 23 through Oct. 31

4 to 7 p.m.

South Dawson Avenue and East Main Street


Uptown Westerville Farmers Market


May 1 through Oct. 30

3 to 6 p.m.

North State Street and East Home Street, Uptown Westerville


Westgate Farmers Market

First and third Saturdays

June 1 through Oct. 26

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2925 W. Broad St.

When you warn people about the dangers of climate change, they call you a saint. When you explain what needs to be done to stop it, they call you a communist. ~ George Monbiot
Thursday, February 13-
Saturday, February 15, 2020


Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
OEFFA's can't-miss conference offers up to three days of learning, sharing, networking, and breaking bread with 1,100+ sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food supporters. It will feature:
·         > Nearly 80 informative workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, business, homesteading, and gardening on Friday and Saturday
·        > In-depth, full day Food and Farm School courses on Thursday
·         > Powerful keynote sessions with Laura Lengnick and Eric Holt-Giménez
·        > A diverse, three day trade show with 90+ exhibitors
·         > Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals
·         > Thursday evening socials and a Friday banquet
·         > Educational and fun kids' conference and child care options
·         > Easy access to downtown Dayton's attractions, dining, nightlife, 
·         > On-site lodging, a raffle, book sales, and more!
Save the date! Registration opens this fall.
Learn more and sign up to receive conference updates here.

In motivating people to love and defend the natural world,
an ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair. ~ George Monbiot

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